Lancashire’s voices heard at the top

Delegates: Becky Toal, back, fourth from left,  and Anisha Hansrod immediately to the right of her

Delegates: Becky Toal, back, fourth from left, and Anisha Hansrod immediately to the right of her

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Two Lancashire entrepreneurs met with David Cameron’s special advisers to discuss how the government can encourage more businesses to export, as part of a Federation of Small Businesses delegation to Westminster.

Anisha Hansrod of Preston-based Ecomo and Becky Toal of Chorley-based Crowberry Consulting Ltd, were invited down to Westminster to inform government of their experiences of exporting and how more support could boost UK exports generally.

Becky said: “It was great to have the opportunity to discuss business and exporting issues with the Prime Minister’s special advisor.

“As a Chorley-based SME we export our knowledge and skills on sustainability, energy and environmental management across the EU states. Crowberry Consulting has provided training and audits in Belgium, Norway and Finland in the last six months and intends to work more within the EU and beyond.

“Exporting is vital to sustaining real growth for our business and being a member of FSB has helped us navigate many issues.”

Anisha said: “I found the experience to be enormously positive.

“It was refreshing to know that the voices and concerns of small businessess like ours were being listened to and taken seriously at the highest levels of government and the support of FSB in enabling this type of interaction is invaluable.” she added.